Studying French at UCO

The French section of the Department of Modern Languages offers general introductions to the French language and Francophone cultures, as well as advanced study for the training of teachers, scholars, and other professionals. The Program also serves as a catalyst for the creation of community events and activities to promote cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary understanding, communication, and analysis.

Services for Students of French

  • Academic Advising
  • AP Credit
  • CLEP Exams' Availability
  • Tutoring (individual/group)
  • Conversation Tables
  • French Club
  • Scholarships and Financial Aid
  • Study Tours and Study Abroad

Course Offerings

Elementary and Intermediate levels are offered each fall and spring semester with both day and evening sections. Elementary level classes are additionally offered in the summer.

Depending on enrollment, Intermediate level classes and French electives are also offered in the summer.

In addition to the yearly upper-division course rotation, other 2000-4000 level French electives are offered as departmental resources allow.

French study tours may be taken for French credit. The number of credit hours varies depending on the individual tour. Partial scholarships are available for study tours and study abroad.

Most 4000 level classes and some 3000 level classes may also be taken at the graduate level. Please contact the Modern Languages Department if you need a 5000 level class that is not already listed in the class schedule.

Did You Know

  • In the U.S. State Department listing of international jobs in 2002, more than 100 required or preferred French.
  • Over 2,000 US companies have offices in France: IBM, Microsoft, Mattel, Dow Chemical, Sara Lee, Ford, Coca-Cola, AT&T, Motorola, Johnson, Ford, Hewlett Packard, to name only a few.
  • France is a leading investor in the US: some 3,000 French companies with subsidiaries in the US created half a million jobs, with Mack Trucks, Zenith, RCA-Thomson, Bic and Dannon. 
  • Many international organizations use French: the UN, UNESCO, NATO, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the International Red Cross, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the World Trade Organization, UNHCR, and the Olympic Games. 
  • French is one of the primary languages of culture (art, cuisine, dance, fashion) and is widely used in scientific exchanges. 
  • France has won many Nobel Prizes, including the 2008 Nobel Prizes in Medicine and Literature.
  • French is spoken in over 24 countries on 5 continents, with 72-79 million native speakers and another 190 million secondary speakers. 

French Major Requirements

Total hours: 39-55
Elementary French   0-8 Hours
FRCH 1114 Elementary French I  
FRCH 1224 Elementary French II  
A maximum of eight hours of credit for Elementary French may be earned by examination. Alternatively, one (1) year of high school French may be substituted for French 1114 and one (1) more year of high school French for 1224. The Departmental Placement Test, when available, may allow the student to place into a section of FRCH 2223.
Elementary additional language   0-8 Hours
The same testing or placement conditions apply here as for Elementary French.
Intermediate French   6 Hours
FRCH 2113 Intermediate French I  
FRCH 2223 Intermediate French II  
Advanced French   33 hours
required courses   21 Hours
FRCH 3213 French Phonetics  
FRCH 3103 Early French Culture and Civilization  
FRCH 3113 Modern French Culture and Civilization  
FRCH 4123 Survey of French Literature to 1800  
FRCH 4133 Survey of French Literature 1800 to the Present  
FRCH 4113 Advanced French Grammar  
FRCH 4910 Seminar in French (3 hours)  
French electives (3000/4000 level courses)
(may include 3 hours of a 2000-level elective)
  12 Hours
Participation in foreign study is strongly recommended for all French majors and minors
Electives to bring total to   124 Hours

French Minor Requirements

Total hours: 18
Minor Code: 5239  
FRCH 2113 Intermediate French 3 Hours
Elective French 15 Hours
Minimum GPA   2.50